Essential for Oils for Your Pets
By: “AJ” Amy Jo Crowell, Publisher Dallas Yoga Magazine & Founder Cosmic Yogi Festivals
Last year was a rough year for my beloved dogs and myself. Both my rescue dogs passed on, one was over 17 years old and the other 13 years old. I loved them with all my heart. They were with me through so many ups and downs and were always there with unconditional love. My heart broke when they went to the spirit world, but I also knew how physically ill they had both become and where they were going was blessed with more love than I could ever offer. While my dogs became sick with different aliments, I started investigating essential oils for pets. I found out dogs and cats have different reactions to oils so it’s very important to be careful with animals but especially with cats. Please note at the end of the article there is a list of oils that can not be used on cats and a list that can not be used on dogs.
“If essential oils are used correctly, they can be advantageous, and the additives are all natural, so this lessens the chances of harmful side effects.”
Which oil is recommended the most for pets?
Coconut oil is used because of the health benefits for improving overall health. It aids in digestion, prevention and treatment of infections, disinfects wounds, alleviates skin irritations and reduces pain from arthritis. It is recommended adding 1/4th Tablespoon per every 10 pounds of body weight twice daily into their food or see the other ways to administer to your pet below.
Rules for Giving Your Pet Essential Oils:
- Watch your pet carefully to observe their reactions both positive and negative.
- Dilute the oils when first giving to your pet both internally and externally.
- Increase the concentration if you are not getting the results you desire.
- Stop the oils if the pet seems to be sensitive, gets ill or starts acting peculiar.
Three Ways to Administer Essential Oils to Your Pet
- You can diffuse the oils by spraying into the air with a diluted formula.
- Inhale directly by rubbing the oil into your hands and placing your hands under the dogs nose and letting them inhale.
- If you don’t want to use your hands, put the oil on a cloth or Kleenex near the animal.
- Putting the oils on the bedding of your pet is also a great idea.
- Utilizing a diffuser that plugs in is my choice of how to get the oils in the air so not just the animals smell if but it can then be enjoyed by everyone.
- If you don’t have a diffuser, you can boil hot water (small pot) and place 5-6 drops of oil in the water and the aroma will spread throughout the area.
- Fans are another way to spread the oil scents throughout your home. Use a cotton ball or something of the sort soaked in the essential oil and place in front of the fan and the scent with circulate throughout.
You have to be more careful with placing essential oils on your pets’ skin and fur. It is best to start with diluted oils so your pet gets accustom to it and you can observe how they react to it. Never apply to certain areas of a pet such as their nose, eyes or genitals. Animals have more of an acute sense of smell than we do so even too much of a good thing might be harmful to them.
- Apply directly to your pet by rubbing the oil into you hands and then rub the animal up and down their spine. It’s best if you concentrate on the upper part of the spine and behind their neck.
- Rubbing oils on pets’ paws hits their reflexology points and they love it!
- Use your comment sense and if you can apply to the area the pet is having issues with then do so but start with a small amount and go from there.
- If you don’t want to apply directly to the area, then you can add the oils to a hot or cold compress. Just soak the cloth in water with the oils added and apply to the area you are concerned about.
- Give your pet a bath and put the essential oils in their shampoo or wash. They will smell the healing scent for days and we will enjoy it also.
I personally didn’t use oils internally for my dogs. They were very old and sick with stomachs that were sensitive. However, read labels! The oils’ labels will tell you if they can be used internally. Start off with very small amounts and go from there. It is not recommended you give pets more than 1-2 drops internally at one time. Diluted oils can also be a great way to give to the pets.
- Capsules are an option for giving your pets the oil internally.
- You can mix the oils with their food.
- Rub oils into your fingers and then rub on your pets’ gums.
- When brushing your pets’ teeth add oil to the paste.
Essential Oils to AVOID with Dogs
Birch, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Wintergreen
Use CAUTION with “hot” oils such as Cassia, Cinnamon, Clove, Oregano, Rosemary and Thyme.
Essential Oils to AVOID with Cats
Basil, Bergamot, Birch, Cinnamon, Clove, Dill, Fennel, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Melaleuca, Orange, Oregano, Peppermint, Thyme, Rosemary, Spearmint, Tangerine, Wintergreen
About the Author:
“AJ” Amy Jo Crowell has been in advertising, marketing, publishing and large scale event planning for over 25 years. She has been an entrepreneur since graduating with her Master in Business Administration. AJ has owned stores in Deep Ellum and printed an entertainment guide throughout the state of Texas for over a decade. As an inner city high school for many years she implemented Peace Makers Classes in several of the schools teaching the importance of acceptance, diversity and giving back to the community. AJ is an Amazon.com Best Selling Author of “Loved Back to Life” a book focusing on recovery from addictions. As co-owner of Sage Properties, her business expertise is utilized as she rehabs homes and finds solutions for anyone finding themselves in financial dilemmas with their mortgages. An adventurer at heart she went to Rishikesh, India to Samadhi ashram and was certified in Kundalini yoga. You can find her teaching workshops and leading meditations with her crystal bowls and life size chimes throughout the DFW Metroplex.